Newest Review: ... my sister. who's into a lot of herbal and natural remedies, and she suggested that I tried Echinacea. She takes this every winter and claim... more
Suffer from fatigue? M.E. even? Acne?
Member Name: Alethia
Date: 30/06/04, updated on 30/06/04 (3882 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to administrate, Widely available
Disadvantages: None that i have found
If you have M.E. or simlpy suffer from exhaustion then I strongly recommend that you take an Echinacea supplement.
If you are constantly tired, then your immune system is not going to be functioning properly, and you will be much more prone to colds and infections. Before taking Echinacea, because of my M.E I would frequently be stuck in bed with a cold - any illness that was going around school I would seem to pick up and take twice as long as everyone else to recover.
However, after taking Echinacea for three weeks at a time (a one week break inbetween to prevent the body becoming immune to the effects of Echinacea) I began to notice that I got ill less. Eventually, I reached the point where it was rare for me to be ill with anything other than M.E, and its been that way for a year! It makes life so much more manageable. Echinacea also has the added advantage of improving Acne - though in my case not clearing it, just a mild improvement.
So if you find yourself tired and constantly sick, please give Echinacea a try.
You can buy Echinacea in many forms, but I have tried capsules, tea made from bought teabags (though these only have 5% Echinacea in them, so i would not advise you to use these if taking Echinacea for medical purposes) and the pure root decocted to make a tea. I mainly use the capsules simply because they are quick to take!
I bought the capsules (400 capsules, 400mg Echinacea in each) for £9.99 from Holland & Barrett - they were on sale though, so I'm not sure of their usual price. The teabags were also bought from Holland&Barrett, costing around £1.50 for 20 bags. If you wish to buy the pure root, try contacting a local stockist of herbs - or you can order from the internet. The local shop I bought my Echinacea Root from (Sacred Earth, Ipswich - they also allow you to order goods from the internet:- www.sacredearth.org.uk) sells it for £2.90 for 25 grams.
An end note: If you suffer from M.E.
then i strongly recommend that you take an additional supplement of Ginseng to give you extra energy!